* Posts by Quentin North

84 posts • joined 30 Nov 2007

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Apple cops to iPhone 8 production oops, offers to fix borked phones

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Re: Not Europe?

I think EU law means that you have a 24 month guarantee against defects in product that were present at purchase, so they must replace the phone or fix the issue for free in the EU in any case.

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Re: "no redundancy in the internet link"

Not a project management failure, possibly a service specification failure due to "value engineering" by the service provider or customer. The PM probably did exactly what they were asked to do.

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OnePlus smartmobe brand modelled on 'a religion', founder admits

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OnePlus = Apple for Android

Nothing really new in the religious following idea. Going back as far as the early Mac vs PC wars, Apple was always about belief in the brand rather than value for money.

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The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that

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TFT patent?

Anyone know why the team couldn't patent TFT?

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Corpse! of! Yahoo! drags! emails! of! the! dead! case! to! US! Supreme! Court!

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Not a minority, most phone email clients download the email as far as I know and if you configure POP on them then it will sit there for ever until you delete it from that specific device. I do still also use POP mail with Yahoo because that was one of my earlier accounts and I never closed it down. I am probably one of the few people left in the world that still regularly makes use of Yahoo mail.

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The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it

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Paris Hilton

Re: Am I the only one who doesn't really have a clue what blockchain is?

I agree with this general comment. I don't see what business problem this technology will solve for me that isn't already solved by something simpler. Can anyone enlighten me from a business perspective?

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Android snoopware Skygofree can pilfer WhatsApp messages

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Trollface

They would want you to think that wouldn't they...

Isn't Kaspersky now officially a engine of the Russian state? I bet they would like you to think that these capabilities are developed in Italy.

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That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

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Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!

Star Wars and Punk. What is not to like?

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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Academic institutions are addressing this through Open Access.

The main issue is that publishers charge for access to work that was often produced at taxpayer expense and at little or no cost to the publisher. If I am a researcher at a university my work will often be paid for by grant funding raised for taxation. In order to get my work published I give it to a publisher who puts it on a website and then charges everyone, including me and my university, to read it.

OA seeks to fix that, but big publishers who control the market are not playing ball.

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/rsrch/oa/whatis/

https://oaspa.org

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Your attention has value, personal cryptocurrency will advertise it

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15 million merits

Wasn't there a black mirror that was essentially this? That obviously went well.

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Uni staffer's health info blabbed in email list snafu

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universities are strange places, and emailing 300 people in one go is a common thing.

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Re: UEA

I think thats probably not the case. I think most students will be using their phone or laptop, neither of which will be managed, and the Office/365 account is an individual contract with MS, albeit facilitated by UEA. In short I don't think they will be able to run some powershell against student mailboxes.

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Re: Sorry, is this El Reg or "Take a Break" ????

Most universities provide students with either Office/365 or Google Mail as their student email system. Typically the university won't have much control over the end point once delivered as from a MS/Google perspective the contract is with the student as an individual rather than the university..

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Re: Sorry, is this El Reg or "Take a Break" ????

Nope, they all use Office 365

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All your masts are belong to us outfit Arqiva confirms IPO plan

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Crawley

Err. Crawley is in West Sussex. However, Arqiva is in Crawley Court, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2QA

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It's a real FAQ to ex-EDS staffers: You'll do what with our pensions, DXC?

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Thats not how final salary pensions work, and they are sustainable. A final salary pension scheme works on the basis of you obtaining (usually) 1/80th of the value of your final annual salary for every year worked for the pensionable organisation. So, if you work for 25 years at Acme Co and end with a £50,000 salary you will get a pension of 25/80 of £50K or £15,625 p.a less tax. To achieve this you are like to have paid in approximately 18% of your cumulative salary over the 25 years. Assuming you started on £25K and increased linearly to £50K you will have paid in £175K which would then take approximately 12 years to get back, assuming you live that long. So, in short, a final salary pension is simply paying back to you what you already put into it for the first 12 years, and if you live longer than that you are getting some of the actual investment income as well as the capital you put in.Entirely fair and proper. Anyone who thinks FS scheme are unfair has been duped by corporations who want to effectively steal your money.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Break Key

The break key pre-dates any of the micro era computers and dates back to the 19th century telegraph. It was certainly on old teletypes used with mainframes in the 1950s and 60s and referred to a function called "line break". In the comms between a TTY terminal and the computer a line break effectively brought the signal level to a "space" condition (usually +5v IIRC) and would wake up a modem or multiplexor at the computer end. This would be used in some computer system as the login prompt key and also the abort program execution key. Indeed, even the 1985 IBM PC keyboard had a break key, but it was a alt-shifted function of the pause key. Quite why IBM didn't choose alt-break fro login/interrupt/reboot I don't know. More info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_key

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Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

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FAIL

Pascal is the future!

Bring back Pascal with runtime checking. None of this directly accessing memory nonsense.

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If you haven't changed your Dropbox password for 4 years, do so now

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Spotify resets too

So is spotify, email this morning.

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Learn a scripting language and play nicely: How to get a DevOps job

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FAIL

The phrase is an often-mistranslated quotation commonly attributed to Hermann Göring -- "When I hear the word 'culture', that's when I reach for my revolver" -- the actual quote is "Wenn ich Kultur höre ... entsichere ich meinen Browning!" This translates as: "Whenever I hear [the word] 'culture'... I remove the safety from my Browning!" In fact, it is a line uttered by the character Thiemann in Act 1, Scene 1 of the play Schlageter, written by Hanns Johst.

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Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox

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FAIL

Sounds like a data breach to me.

I don't know who Steve Webb is, but he sure shouldn't have access to my email. Someone should call the ICO.

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Pornography, violence and JG Ballard: High Rise, the 1970s' internet

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Re: Truly?

My family didn't have a telephone until about 1973 and we lived in the centre of a town on the south coast of England. We also only had a two channel (VHF) B&W TV until about 1971, then we got a 3 channel (UHF) B&W one because Horizon was on BBC2, and finally a colour one in about 1975 which came with cable.

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Brit boffins build 'tractor beam' out of sound

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Spain, Bristol AND Sussex

How come you don't mention Sussex uni, which two of the paper's authors are from?

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Microsoft emits Office 2016 for Apple Macs (you'll need Office 365)

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Outlook

They have still not fixed Outlook to make it identical to the Windows version.

Yet again, Im going to have to run Windows in Fusion/Parallels in order to get a proper Exchange client that doesn't break every five minutes and provides all the views, including the at a glance view with a side bar of upcoming events and tasks. Why can't MS just make Outlook work on a Mac, how hard can it be? Its the only reason I still run windows in a VM.

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

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Mainly a public sector issue

For the public sector this effectively rules out the use of most cloud services as we are required to protect personal data and not transfer it to other jurisdictions without protection. Goodbye office 365, google apps etc, hello, on premise data centre, exchange, etc.

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Turn-by-turn directions coming to Ordnance Survey Maps

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Other products are available

Galileo and ForeverMap on iOS both provide OS levels of offline mapping and in the case of ForeverMap, route planning too.

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

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Language bias becaiuse internets

The issue I would have with this survey is that it is biased towards languages that are common for internet software development and therefore posted up on Gthub etc. If you took a look at much commercial software you might find a good level of use of older languages such as C, COBOL, PL/SQL, and even old 4GLs like UNIFACE and Pro-IV. In scientific computing you will find FORTRAN still in use.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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Thumb Down

Re: I think I can see where this is going...

I take exception to your characterisation. The commissioner is not a "silly hag", which is a subjective, offensive and derogatory personal insult based on sex. This has no place in a civilised comment or discussion.

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What’s new in Office 2016 for Mac (and why it doesn't totally suck)

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Outlook 2016 still fails

I have had the outlook 2016 beta for a while and it still fails compared to outlook 2013. Calendar still doesn't properly look up user names from AD but just shows the standard email format name and you still can't get the at a glance summary of today's activities with diary events and tasks on the right sidebar of the Mail window. This latter point is a real shame because it is a really useful feature of the outlook for windows UI. If it still uses EWS it will probably regularly orphan repeating calendar entries too. I'm still living with that legacy of Entourage, a truly shite piece of software.

That said outlook 2016 doesn't suffer from the annoying greyed out flags in compressed view that outlook 2013 does. A nightmare if you are colur blind because you can't tell red from grey.

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Major US news organisations to develop ROBOT JOURNALISTS

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20 minutes into the future

Max Headroom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom:_20_Minutes_into_the_Future

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Galileo on iOS

Galileo on iOS provides OS maps fairly effectively and overlays Open StreetMap with offline cacheing and this is fine as far as it goes. As I have a canal boat, route planning for canals would be ideal with journey times including locks and notices of canal closures. Unfortunately the C&RT who run the canals stopped providing their useful plot your route and download a PDF service and I have yet to find a decent mapping app that will let you route plan canals apart from as a series of waypoints the same as walking.

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30 years ago today, the first commercial UK 'mobile' phone call was made

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Oh no it wasn't.

It's possible that this was not a commercial offering, but I sat in a car in Milton Keynes in 1981 and made a mobile phone call to the USA, so this 1986 date seems all wrong to me. From memory the phone I used was a true cellular car phone with a numeric keypad, single line numeric led display, and a diplexer and tx gear in the boot. Prior to this the company I worked for had Aircall radio phones, but they required the user to request the operator to make the call and patch it through.

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We can change a bit from 0 to 1 WITHOUT CURRENT, say boffins

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Core store!

On a very small scale. And without the electrical overhead.

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Microsoft drops early Chrissie pressie on Mac Office fanbois

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In business, no one can hear you scream.

As a large organisation with a mix of PC and Mac desktops Outlook 2011, and God forbid!, Entourage have been dismal failures as Exchange clients compared to Outlook Windows. The tweaks to Outlook 2011 does little to improve this. Forget it.

We also have Outlook 2015 Mac through a O365 sub, and whilst this is an improvement on Outlook 2011, it is still sufficiently far from Outlook Windows that its utility is second class. I am hoping that MS will address the shortcomings of Outlook 2015 before formal release and so make it 100% feature comparable with Outlook Windows, but I won't hold my breath.

You might ask why we use MS products in general, Exchange in particular and O365 subs? In short, because they are generally good products that require fairly minimal attention once set up and there is a large pool of people who can support them when they go wrong. For a business, renting software can make more sense.

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Xenix

Wasn't Xenix in the mix here somewhere? I think Microsoft produced that about 1980 and this was some of the basis of the MS FUD campaign around SCO Unix and Linux.

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

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Actually nothing very exciting here

This just looks like a SIP based cloud PBX service charged on a per user basis. Lync, or any number of PBX suppliers like Aastra or Unify, will do this for you and a whole lot more.

I wish the MNOs would bring back the old dual number services that Orange used to have a few years ago. I get a iPhone from my work, who pay for calls and data, but I don't want to give up having a separate personal number so I still have an old Nokia for that. I know I could go dual SIM on an 'droid phone, but Im a fanbois who doesn't want to pay Apple or Samsung prices.

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Microsoft jolts awake, remembers it still makes Office for Mac

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Outlook in 2011 is truly rubbish, but not as rubbish as Entourage was - that was useless rubbish.

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Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

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Re: Tim will be remembered for allowing Yosemite on his watch

Eve in the UK, most people would pronounce Yosemite to rhyme with might.

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HP to shutter webOS cloud services

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Palm V

Never mind WebOS, Ive still got a Palm V, and for what it was intended to do I still think it is the best little PDA you can get.

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IT crisis looming: 'What if AWS goes pop, runs out of cash?'

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Wouldn't it be funny if...

Amazon was to go bust and Apple bought the whole lot.

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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

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Re: Law abiding Mongolians

Looks like a big market for knock off DVDs in Africa.

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

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Wuala

In the EU if you require good privacy you might consider www.wuala.com which is EU hosted and provides client side encryption.

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Divers

Already wear computers that tell them all that information and more including gas mix etc. They don't usually play music or record video, though.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

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Sounds like packet radio to me

Sound alike old-skool VHF packet radio with the GoTenna acting as a TNC & BBS. This was being done in 1980. Nothing new here.

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US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe

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I can't see this lasting because of the termination fees. Unlike in the US, where the call receiver (also) pays, in the EU the call maker pays. If they are offering 200 mins of calls to landlines as well as own network, each call will loose money.

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AV for Mac

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Sophos AV works well, but there is a performance hit

We use Sophos AV and it works well. There is a free version for home use. As with all A/V there is a performance hit but on new Macs, especially those with SSDs, you won't notice it.

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US DoJ to appeals court: Haha, no, seriously – Apple totally inflated ebook prices

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Re: Irony

Agree, the timing is impeccable. If Amazon did not own the market in the way they do at least there could be competition in book prices and availability schedules to consumers.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/28/amazon_hachette_profit_margin_dispute/

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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

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US Justice dept is responsible IMO

If the US Justice had not found that the publishers were colluding when they did their deal with Apple, Amazon would not be all powerful now and there would be competition in the market place (albeit a duopoly). Unfortunately, now it is only Amazon that can dictate terms to publishers.

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

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Data Protection Act and Information Commissioner

It seems to me that this is a data breach and eBay has a registered office in South West London. Can the ICO take action if we make a complaint?

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Rival BT sics ad watchdog on EE: ASA growls at 'most reliable broadband' claim

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pointless ASA ruiling

After all, these are always post-hoc. The ad went out, many people received it and some of those that received it bought EE. The market share was won. The fact that the campaign was misleading is irrelevant as far as EE is concerned, they were never going to use it again anyway.

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